When the NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament starts this weekend, the York College Spartans will enjoy the home-court advantage.
York's Charles Wolf Gymnasium inside the Grumbacher Center has been chosen as one of 16 host pods for first- and second-round games on Friday and Saturday.
Coach Matt Hunter's Spartans earned their berth in the tournament thanks to their Capital Athletic Conference championship victory on Saturday at Christopher Newport.
The Spartans are making their fifth NCAA D-III appearance and first since the 2011-12 season. York made its deepest run in the tournament in 2004-05 when the Spartans advanced to the Final Four in Salem, Virginia.
The Spartans welcome Yeshiva, Hamilton and Nazareth to Wolf Gym. The Spartans will play Yeshiva in the opener. Friday. That game will be followed by the Hamilton-Nazareth game. The two winners will play Saturday. Game times will be set Tuesday.
The Spartans enter the tournament at 23-4. They ended the season ranked first in the Mid-Atlantic region and No. 12 overall in NCAA Division III according to the d3hoops.com poll.
Yeshiva earned its first-ever NCAA berth with an 87-81 win over Purchase in the Skyline Conference championship game Sunday. The Maccabees enter the tournament at 18-10 but have won 12 of their last 13 games.
Hamilton comes in as an at-large team from the New England Small College Athletic Conference. The Continentals lost to Williams in the NESCAC semifinals, 76-73, and enter at 22-4. Hamilton opened the season with 15 straight wins before falling at Amherst on Jan. 20.
Nazareth comes to York at 20-7 after winning the Empire 8 Tournament title on Saturday, downing Utica 66-64 in the title game. Nazareth has won nine of its last 10.
The tournament ticket policy will be announced on Tuesday, along with prices and availability.
York's Stahl is CAC Rookie Swimmer of Year: York freshman Keven Stahl was named the CAC Men's Rookie Swimmer of the Year after nabbing three individual championships at the CAC Championships over the weekend.
Stahl also earned two NCAA B-cut times and was also a member of two winning relay squads. Stahl's three individual wins were tops at the championships.
Sunday, Stahl won the 1,650 freestyle in a CAC and championship-record time of 15 minutes, 48.01 seconds. That was also an NCAA B-cut time.
He helped the York men to a second-place team finish.
York's Pfeiffer honored by CAC: York junior Thomas Pfeiffer is the CAC Men's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week.
He tallied five goals and four assists in a 16-8 win over McDaniel on Saturday.
For the season, Pfeiffer has tallied a team-high 17 points on seven goals and a team-high 10 assists for York (3-0), which is ranked No. 2 nationally in NCAA Division III in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll.